I'm in Charge (I am in Charge ,) is China drama premiere on May 27, 2013
This is a 20-episode drama-series about a youth who has to shoulder the responsibility of being the man of the house while his mother is hospitalised. Not only does the boy have to support the family, he must also bear the responsibility of looking after his two younger sisters (one aged 14 and the other aged 12). The story underscores the value of familial love and the need for young people to be independent and to have a sense of responsibility.
Wang Jiahao (Aloysius Pang) is a rebellious youth whose bad name causes him to be blacklisted by schools. In spite of that, his mother, Xiufen (Carole Lin) does not give up hope on him. She works hard at two jobs just to admit him into a private school. But Jiahao does not appreciate his mother’s effort at all, living aimlessly day by day, with scant regard for his future until one day, his mother meets with an accident and lies unconscious in hospital indefinitely. Only then does Jiahao realise that he has to assume the heavy responsibility of being the “head of the family”.
Xiufen, while fending off a thief’s attempt to snatch her hard-earned $1000, is pushed down (by a thief) onto a hard pillar. Despite losing consciousness upon hitting her head and bleeding profusely, she still clutches onto her purse. Jiahao knows that the $1000 is meant for him; he had made an empty threat to leave home if Xiufen had refused to give him $1000 to buy a new computer. Staring at his unconscious mother, Jiahao has never felt so remorseful. He promises Xiufen to take good care of his two younger sisters so that she will see a complete family upon regaining consciousness.
Jiahao has a 14-year-old sister, Wang Jiemin (Foo Fang Rong)who is as rebellious as him, and an extremely mischievous but witty 12-year-old sister, Jieshan (Oh Ling En). He quickly feels the helplessness of managing the family and his two siblings - he does not even know how to boil water. The two rascals are simply too disobedient to him. And that's not the end - with the bad financial condition in the family after a housebreaker steals all the remaining money, Jiahao has to make ends meet.
Fortunately, Jiahao has a warm and motherly paternal aunt, Wang Xiaohui (Sheila Sim). She volunteers to move in with the children and claims that she will take “good” care of them. However, this aunt is a scatterbrain. She is eager to help but always messes things up. Not only does Xiaohui cook a meal that tastes awful, she almost causes the whole family to die of gas poisoning.
Jiahao has no choice but to “head the family”. He has to see to everything – from doing the basic of preparing three meals a day to washing the laundry, clearing the choked toilet bowl, emptying the rubbish, buying toilet paper, trimming his sister's hair, meeting the teachers, etc. As if this string of duties is not enough, he also has to find time to visit his eccentric maternal grandfather. Only then does it dawn on him that his mother had been a “superwoman”, a multi-tasker; her children do nothing but rely on Xiufen for food and money. He finally understands his mother’s pains of looking after them.
Xiufen has left little money for them. Auntie cannot even pay her mountain of credit card debts, let alone help them financially. Jiahao has no choice but to work during his school vacation. While working at a restaurant in a swimming club, he is mesmerised by a pretty girl in swimwear.
The girl is Jiang Haiying (Elizabeth Lee), a sweet girl with a fantastic figure. In the water, she is like a mermaid. Out of the water, she is bubbly and cheerful. But she is a top student of a prestigious school, and a swimming captain to boot. Her father is a well-known lawyer. He is nothing compared to her. Moreover, Jiahao has a secret - he has a phobia of entering a pool as a result of a childhood incident where he nearly drowned. This is his secret that cannot be revealed, yet the girl he is fond of is a “mermaid”. Jiahao has the courage only to enjoy watching her in stealth but not to take any action. One day, Jiahao happens to see Haiying struggling in the water due to a leg cramp. Seeing that nobody else is in sight, he jumps into the pool to save her without considering his own safety. Unfortunately, Haiying ends up saving him instead. It is “a blessing in disguise”, and Jiahao befriends Haiying. He also finds out that like him, Haiying has “a secret that cannot be revealed”.
On the home front, Jiahao is in a fix. Jiemin wants to wear a nose stud. He opposes it vehemently for fear that Xiufen will wake up to see Jiemin turned into a young punk. JIemin's response that “Mother may never wake up again!” incurs his wrath. After retorting that “You have never behaved like an elder brother”, she leaves home.
In the midst of facing a deluge of problems, his maternal uncle Ah Wei (Elvin Ng) appears at the flat. He is homeless after being released from prison. Xiaohui is afraid that Ah Wei, with his secret society background, will lead Jiahao astray. She is determined to stop Ah Wei from moving in but the thick-skinned latter refuses to leave. In a quick change of heart, Xiaohui also moves in to set herself against Ah Wei. Both parties are hostile to each other and are often at loggerheads. Sandwiched between them, Jiahao can only agonise. Around this time, a man claiming to be their future father appears out of nowhere, making this messy family even more “exciting”.
Jiahao tries his best to overcome the various obstacles. His efforts are not futile in the end. He succeeds as “head of the family”, and in “pairing up” Ah Wei and Xiaohui. His mother awakens to see her son changed for the better and a family full of warmth.